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Crazy for crazy quilts

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Over 300 people attended the fourth annual Anvil Points Quilt Guild’s Outdoor Quilt Show at Silt Heyday last Saturday. At least 90 quilts, including crazy quilts, challenge quilts and vintage quilts, were displayed in two buildings and on laundry lines at the Silt Historical Park.I’m always intrigued by the history of quilts and appreciate the artistic qualities of the people who painstakingly create these masterpieces.One of the fascinating quilts hanging on a laundry line was Irene Pruett’s crazy quilt top, which was made in approximately 1955 by Rose Gaunt of the small town of Breckenridge, Mo. The quilt top was made of brightly colored silks, and hand-embroidered with such quality the embroidery looks machine-made. Rose came to visit relatives in Delta, and sent them the quilt top after her visit to thank Elizabeth Pruett (now of Glenwood Springs) for all the kindness the family showed for Bill Pruett, Elizabeth’s father-in-law. The quilt sat in a trunk for over 30 years, and Elizabeth had forgotten it was there. While going through some of her things, she and her daughter-in-law, Irene Pruett, discovered the quilt top. Since Irene is a quiltmaker, Elizabeth gave it her, much to Irene’s excitement.Kathy Runia of Karylett’s Kollectibles filled the old school in the Silt Historical Park with vintage quilts from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The school was originally from the town of Austin, which was located where Rifle Gap is now.

This year, the Historical Park’s “Saloon” was filled to the brim with Nancy Derby’s unique and Colorado State Fair award-winning quilts. Derby, a member of the Anvil Points Quilt Guild and master quiltmaker, died last fall. The guild decided to honor her with a scholarship fund. Carolyn Shaffer was cleaning out a closet and found a variety of quilt blocks and several blocks Nancy Derby had made. Two quilts, “Town and Country” and “At the Sea” were developed from that find. Each quilt contained a block created by Nancy Derby and was made by several quilt guild members.Shaffer was the lucky winner of the “Town and Country” quilt. “It was a consolidated effort, it took about 3 or 4 months to put it all together,” said Carolyn Shaffer. Judy Martens of Rifle won the “At the Sea” quilt.A fabric sale of Nancy Derby’s fabric will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 during the Colorado Quilt Council meeting in a banquet room at the Hot Springs Lodge.Anvil Points Quilt Guild meets at 1 p.m. every first, third and fifth Tuesday at the Lovell Building in Rifle; and at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday. Call Carolyn at 876-0639 for more information.

If you haven’t already checked out the Wild Women Show at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, plan to attend and absorb the talent of New Castle women Ardith Robinson and Terry Muldoon. They have one-of-a-kind art hanging in the show. Ardith Robinson creates unique crucifix three-dimensional forms, and Terry Muldoon fabricates collages that will knock your socks off. The show runs until Sept. 4.



More recycling opportunities are available for New Castleites. Monday, Aug. 6, the New Castle City Market began offering a new, free environmental service to the New Castle community. Local citizens and businesses will be able to drop off flattened, brown, corrugated cardboard for recycling in large labeled crates that will be placed behind City Market.Kudos to New Castle City Market store manager Alberta Neuleib for providing this community service.City Market is collecting used plastic bags for recycling in two white bins in front of the building.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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